Kristian Khan – Chief Executive

Kristian has worked in the advice sector since his graduation in 1999 undertaking a variety of roles. He has been a mental health advocate advising patients detained in a secure setting under the Mental Health Act 1983. He later became an advice services coordinator, Deputy Manager and then Manager of a large Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). In 2016, he successfully led the transition of the organisation from CAB to Liverpool Community Advice and remains committed to the continued growth and development of the organisation. Kristian is a qualified further education tutor and regularly trains sector colleagues through Citizens Advice and the Workers’ Educational Association

Gerald Rivett – Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Gerald retired from a very long successful career in corporate employment occupying Main Board and General Manager positions with a UK Plc. as well as non UK Private Organisations. The chosen industry was always one involved in Agriculture and the Food Supply Chain in both the UK and Central & Eastern Europe. In the latter field, he became a well-known expert in the Industry with vast experiences in many countries in commercial employment as well as work for the UK Govt., The EU with DG6 and the UN.

Prior to returning to the UK Gerald decided to farm a 1000 acre Polish Estate for a number of years in order to achieve a personal ambition. Rather than fully retiring, he has continued to conduct work for DG6 and the UN in the Food Chain field often in post war trouble spots. He currently operates his Consultancy Business called ScotAg Europe in the fields of Agriculture, Animal Feeds, Sales Training and Business Start Ups.

This vast exposure to a very fast changing and difficult world, whether at commercial or diplomatic level, has resulted in an unrivalled experience which he has brought to the Charity Sector sitting on 3 Charity Boards fulfilling his lifelong desire to help others.

The experience during the LCA transition from the CAB and the Strategic Planning requirement allowed this knowledge to come to the fore particularly in the field of media communications where long-term contacts have been used to great advantage in correct LCA exposure locally.

When not working Gerald, continues to use his Manchester United Season Ticket to great effect as well as enjoying a lifelong passion for Railways and Railway photography being well published in this field in books and online.

Keith Pickup

Originally from Lincolnshire, Keith trained as a Youth & Community Worker, working in Dagenham, Cumbria before becoming a District Youth Officer for the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs covering the whole of Lincolnshire. Following this, he moved to Liverpool, taking up a post in the Youth & Community Service of the City Council’s Education Service. He held this post, reaching a senior management position, for 30 years. Keith is married with two daughters and continues to live in Liverpool.

He became a Trustee of the former Liverpool Central CAB in 2012, becoming Chair in 2014. He has continued this role in LCA. Outside LCA, Keith is an Independent Member of the Merseyside Police & Crime Panel, and also sits on Referral Panels for young people sentenced by the Courts, this follows 14 years as a Magistrate in Liverpool, serving as Chair of the Youth Panel and as Appraiser of JPs.

Tom Singleton – Treasurer

Tom has worked in accountancy for over 25 years and qualified as a Chartered Accountantwith a Liverpool practice in 1992. He has spent a large proportion of that time as a community accountant supporting charities and local enterprises. He is currently Director of Finance at Community Foundations Lancashire & Merseyside.

He is married with a family and away from work he likes to relax climbing and walking in the great outdoors, and keeps himself busy as Officer Commanding at a Merseyside Wing Royal Air Force Air Cadet Squadron.

Diane Percy

Diane was a legal secretary prior to joining National Children’s Home (now Action for Children) as the Admin Officer at their Alternative to Custody for Juvenile Offenders Centre in Birkenhead, an organisation working in tandem with Wirral Social Services Intermediate Treatment Unit. The project offered a variety of interventions to assist the young people address their offending behaviour, together with education programmes, support in adjusting to independent living, assistance in seeking employment and outdoor pursuits/team-building exercises.  When appropriate, family therapy sessions were provided.

Diane left National Children’s Home to care for a terminally ill relative, returning to work to assume the role of Admin Officer with special responsibility for the Legal Aid Franchise, a role funded by the then Legal Aid Board in the first Citizens Advice Bureau in Liverpool to acquire a franchise.

Karon Kearney

Karon graduated from Leeds Beckett University with a BSc Hons. having read Computer Forensics and Security. This achievement and interest now allows her to pursue the current career in Cyber Security working as an Information Security Analyst.

Prior to this, Karon had voluntary experience with the Scouts movement as Publicity Manager and North Wales Police as a Digital Forensic Examiner involved with HTCU matters and other aspects of policing work. This involvement gives her an intimate knowledge of working as part of a team requiring confidentiality, communication and decisive action in order to improve society.

Robert di Schiavi

Robert is currently employed as a Senior Information Security Office. He has undertaken work supporting agencies with the GDPR regulations and prior to this was involved in active service in the Forces. Before joining the LCA Board Robert was involved with the LCA organisation giving professional advice on the issues of the GDPR elements thus making him an ideal Board Member.


Murray Russell

Murray started his career in 1968 with the former British South Africa Police in Rhodesia, rising to the rank of Detective Inspector. He changed career in 1981 becoming coachbuilding manager, building buses in Zimbabwe. Then onto location management in a variety of international films. Another change and ultimately becoming a self-employed support consultant, business analyst and software developer, working in Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia and finally in the UK since 2016. He is a qualified adult education tutor and teaches all aspects of ICT to a diverse group of learners.